A Book To Define The Essence

Published in the April 2012 Issue Published online: Apr 13, 2012 Nancy Sanchez, Editor

The month of April is a very special one in my view. For one thing it holds the date where the first president of the United States, George Washington, spoke the first inaugural address.

April 30, 1789, President Washington stood up and said, "It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may concentrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge."

What a true patriot and one of my heroes.

I revel in the fact that our country has a rich agricultural heritage as well as inspirational leaders who still motivates us with their profound words of wisdom. I acknowledge the fact that their achievements were strongly built through honest, hard work and heroic foresight.

We have heroes and inspirational leaders today. For example, I received an email from a scientist who was excited to let me know about a newly published book for the sugarbeet industry. Dr. Robert T. Lewellen happily sent me the information on Beta maritima: The Origin of Beets. A week later a hard copy of the book landed on my desk. I was thrilled.

I love books. All sorts of books.

As a writer myself I can really appreciate the work involved in compiling 293 pages of written material. But it isn't a book to be taken lightly. The origin of something, anything involves a lot of research. The gentlemen who worked together and created this really terrific book are heroes. And in time they will be historic heroes.

Not only are there a lot of historic, scientific research and a valuable resource for future sugarbeet production, but the photos and drawings are fascinating. I am thrilled to include this book in my library. Pay attention because I may be referring to this book from time to time. I am a sap for good written work and honorable authors.